A Father’s Narrative

It has long been recognized that having a father in the home is beneficial to the well-being of families, communities, and adolescents. Dads who are involved in their children’s life provide a constant source of stability and support. Such support has an impact on a variety of child development outcomes, including behavior, academics, and health. Fathers who are actively involved in their children’s education are also more likely to engage in positive parenting practices such as academic intervention and constructive discipline.

As a result, institutions and grassroots initiatives in society should promote responsible fatherhood. Fathers who are actively involved in their children’s lives aid in the development of well-adjusted children. But what happens when fathers face barriers to their presence and involvement in their children’s lives?

For example, the success sequence says that people are more likely to avoid poverty and achieve success if they complete their education, find full-time work, marry, and then have children in that order. The concept itself appears to be natural and optimistic. After all, they argue that this reorganization will result in more stable and successful families. Truth is the percentage of children born to single moms within all races has more than tripled from 1960 to 2018, demonstrating that fathers are less likely to reside in households with their children.

Minority males continue to face greater challenges! According to the sentencing project black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at nearly five times the rate of whites. Latino men are 1.3 times as likely to be incarcerated than non-Latino and millions more are on parole or probation. Furthermore, when completing college black males are more likely to do so from for-profit colleges, leaving them with higher levels of debt. Physical and mental health disparities are another element that is rarely discussed as being important to the well-being of minority dads (and their families). For example, black males have the worst health outcomes of any demographic group, and at 45, they have a three-year shorter life expectancy than other men. When determining why poverty is primarily the suffering of specifically minority groups, this cyclical link must be examined.

The world is crying out for positive change and a family will be stronger if fathers are vested. It entails defending dads and expressing fathers are important. This is where the father should work on reading with their kids to help them understand multicultural values. By sharing unique stories and exploring culturally diverse books they can evolve with a new perspective to gain respect for future dads of society.

The father’s narrative should be changed with the evolving era!